Temperance

Tem"per*ance

(?), n. [L. temperantia: cf. F. temprance. See Temper, v. t.] 1. Habitual moderation in regard to the indulgence of the natural appetites and passions; restrained or moderate indulgence; moderation; as, temperance in eating and drinking; temperance in the indulgence of joy or mirth; specifically, moderation, and sometimes abstinence, in respect to using intoxicating liquors.
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2. Moderation of passion; patience; calmness; sedateness. [R.] "A gentleman of all temperance." Shak.
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He calmed his wrath with goodly temperance.
Spenser.
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3. State with regard to heat or cold; temperature. [Obs.] "Tender and delicate temperance." Shak.
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Temperance society, an association formed for the purpose of diminishing or stopping the use of alcoholic liquors as a beverage.
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